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Flaka [Day 6]: Kicking off the road to flakas

San Francisco Bay Candlestick Park

I'm kicking off the journey to getting a flaka, really this time.

I had dabbled with it back in April but then turned my attention to grubbies.

Really, I had be struggling with what move to work on while sailing on port, and it's gotten so bad that I don't think I can sail away from vulcans on port anymore (let alone get a spock or spock 540). First I tried grubbies but after ABK and speaking with some dawgs, my heart lies with the flaka.

For the past 3 sessions (this being the 3rd) I've been really going for them on every reach on port (when properly powered). My fear of trying them is over and I haven't had any bad crashes, but I do under-commit alot.

Feedback from Kevin which I need to remember next time...

I'm waiting too long after turning down-wind. His advice:

Bear off until the sail goes pretty light (at speed) before doing the carve to completely kill the power and immediately pop.

5 -stars for sure as after sailing with Kevin and Aaron (!back in town for work!)

and finished off when Jacob showed up with cold beer after having missed the wind.

Heidi was also a life-saver today as I had forgotten my gear bag and she lent me an extension and u-joint at the beach.


+ Had one spearing the nose crash (no rotation stuffing my gear in, but I'm happy with this because at least I'm forward)

+ Had one which felt like actually made half the rotation and slid (need more of these!)

+ Lots and lots of kicking the tail under

Weather Conditions

Up and down winds, I had a bagged out 4.8 which was heavy in the gusts but ok in the lulls. Kevin was half planing half schlogging on his 4.4.

The Day at a Glance


  W 15-25




  99L Skate/4.8 Loco


  1 hrs. 30 min.

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